P&O Cruises Revises Carry-on Alcohol Limits and Dress Code

November 10, 2017
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(1 p.m. GMT) -- In a change to its previous policies, P&O Cruises has imposed a new code of conduct for passengers that prohibits offensive clothing and places restrictions on the amount of alcohol brought onboard.

The code states that each passenger 18 or older is allowed to bring only one bottle of wine, Champagne, beer, spirits or liqueur up to 1 litre during initial embarkation. Additional alcohol, including any purchased ashore or in the onboard duty-free shops, will be confiscated and held until the last night of each sailing.

The new regulations also include a ban on custom group clothing with personal photos or slogans, as well as clothing with offensive messages and fancy dress outside of designated theme nights, which might include 60s, 70s, tropical, Western or black and white.

The policy also requires passengers 17 and older to adhere to two dress codes -- resortwear or leisurewear for "evening casual" nights (no light jeans, football shirts, trainers or shorts) and cocktail dresses or evening gowns for women and suits or tuxedos for men on "black tie" nights.

Members on the Cruise Critic message boards have been discussing the changes:

"I agree that it is reasonable to allow just one bottle when first boarding, but to allow nothing bought in ports of call may cause problems", says pete14. "Some P&O excursions take in vineyards etc., and some people choose to buy some of the 'produce' to take home with them".

"It looks like a general tightening up", notes Cruise Critic member Josy1953. "This will not affect most of us, but the 'party' cruisers will be hit. We have been on two short cruises and noticed that there were a number of rowdy hen and stag party ladies and gents dressed in novelty costumes and personalised tops".

P&O did not provide an official reason for the changes, but the line stressed that it isn't trying to detract from cruisers' ability to have a good time.

"For most guests, enjoying their favourite drink on holiday is all part of the experience, and they are welcome to bring it onboard", said Michele Andjel, PR director for P&O.

As for the dress code, the line specifically says in its new policy that it "[doesn't] want to dampen anyone's fun".

--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor